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CenterPoint Energy 

“Market Cap $10.22 B As of May 2014

At a Glance
  • Industry: Natural Gas Utilities
  • Founded: 1866
  • Country: United States
  • CEO: Scott Prochazka
  • Website:www.centerpointenergy.com
  • Employees: 8,591
  • Sales: $8.12 B
  • Headquarters: Houston, Texas
Forbes Lists

#1017 Global 2000

  • #1151 in Sales
  • #1704 in Profit
  • #978 in Assets
  • #1054 in Market value
Profile

CenterPoint Energy, Inc. through its wholly owned subsidiaries operates as a domestic energy delivery company. It operates business through six segments: Electric Transmission and Distribution, Natural Gas Distribution, Interstate Pipelines, Field Services, Competitive Natural Gas Sales and Services and Other Operations. The Electric Transmission and Distribution segment provides electric transmission and distribution services to retail electric providers. The Natural Gas Distribution segment engages in intrastate natural gas sales to and natural gas transportation for residential, commercial and industrial customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas. The Competitive Natural Gas Sales and Services segment supplies natural gas, primarily to commercial and industrial customers and electric and gas utilities and transportation services for commercial and industrial customers in the central and eastern regions of the United States. The Interstate Pipelines segment operates interstate natural gas pipelines with gas transmission lines primarily located in Arkansas, Illinois, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas. Its interstate pipeline operations are primarily conducted by two wholly owned subsidiaries that provide gas transportation and storage services primarily to industrial customers and local distribution companies. The Field Services segment business operates gas gathering, treating and processing facilities and also provides operating and technical services and remote data monitoring and communication services. Its Field Services operations are conducted by a wholly owned subsidiary, CenterPoint Energy Field Services, LLC that provides natural gas gathering and processing services for certain natural gas fields in the Mid-continent region of the United States that interconnect with CEGT’s and MRT’s pipelines, as well as other interstate and intrastate pipelines. The Other Operations segment includes office buildings and other real estate used in business operations and other corporate operations that support all of its business operations. The company was founded in 1866 and is headquartered in Houston, TX.

CenterPoint Energy History

In 1866, Houston Gas Light Company was organized to supply gas (made from oyster shells and coal) for the street lights in a fledgling coastal village in southeast Texas that had sprung from the banks of a winding bayou. Four years later, the city of Minneapolis granted the newly formed Minneapolis Gas Light Co. a franchise to provide gas service with gas manufactured from coal or oil at a plant along the Mississippi River. After another quarter century, in 1905, an organization of businessmen was granted the first franchise for distribution of natural gas in Shreveport, La.  Decades later, from 1988 to 1990, these three businesses merged to form a company that became NorAm Energy Corp.

Meanwhile, back in 1882, Houston Electric Light & Power filed a charter and was granted a franchise by the Houston City Council. Over the next century, HL&P generated electricity from steam, natural gas, coal or lignite and finally nuclear fission for sale and delivery to retail customers in the rapidly growing greater Houston area.

In 1995, NorAm Energy Services began marketing wholesale electric power nationwide. NorAm Energy Management was established for retail energy marketing and NorAm’s gas gathering assets were unbundled and transferred to NorAm Field Services.

Two years later, NorAm merged with Houston Industries, Inc., the parent company of HL&P, to become one of the United States’ largest integrated energy companies, which in 1999 was named Reliant Energy, Inc.  With the restructuring of the electric market in Texas in 2002, the company spun off its retail electric sales (and some other unregulated energy services) as Reliant Resources. Within two years, the company would also sell its electric generation assets.

In October 2002, the remaining mostly regulated energy delivery company adopted the name CenterPoint Energy to reflect our role in the center of the energy value chain and the center of our customers’ lives.

Today, CenterPoint Energy, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a domestic energy delivery company that includes electric transmission & distribution, natural gas distribution, competitive natural gas sales and services, interstate pipeline and field services operations.  The company serves more than five million metered customers primarily in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas. Assets total nearly $19 billion.  With about 8,700 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 130 years.

*Information from Forbes.com and Centerpointenergy.com

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